Pretzel Buns

Pretzel buns are the new craze these days, and I must admit I LOVE them!  I have always been a fan of giant soft pretzels and pairing it with a burger, sandwich, or hot dog is amazing!  These are a little more difficult that your regular buns, but well worth it!!!

Here is what you need:

For the dough:

4 cups flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
3 TBS brown sugar
2TBS oil
1tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast

Boiling solution

3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda

Egg wash:
1 egg
1TBS water

Toss all your dough ingredients into a bread machine on the dough cycle.  (If you don’t have a bread machine you can hand mix the dough.  Just let it rise for an hour after you have kneaded it for about 15 minutes.)

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Once your dough is ready, form it into small loves for hot dog buns, or small circles for buns.

20130801-175640.jpgPour your water and baking soda into a large pan and mix well.  Bring the solution to a boil.

20130801-175648.jpgOnce the water is boiling, drop your dough into the solution.  Let boil for one minute.  Turn them over and boil for an additional minute.  Use a slotted spoon and place on a baking sheet.

20130801-175713.jpgMix the water and egg for your egg wash.  Use a brush to spread the wash over the top of your buns.

20130801-175721.jpgUse a serrated knife to cut  across your bun.

20130801-175737.jpgBake your buns for about 20 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!!!

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